Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Teachers Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 5, 2016 Only 35 waning but increasingly vitriolic days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president and if he has any chance of winning closes down his Twitter account for the duration; Trump is facing a media feeding frenzy over using a tax loss carry forward to avoid or reduce his taxes, a right every American has under our tax code which is not lost because he or she is running for president and in using it as Kaine alleged does not mean he does not support our troops (what a pathetic deplorable desperate low blow by Kaine); amazing debate last night between Pence and Kaine (for Kaine debate =interrupt and try to smear) with the biased moderator Elaine Quijano doing everything she could to favor Kaine and his persistent interruptions (shades of a déjà vu of Candy Crowley in a more attractive form); in another example of the PC world run amok, United Airlines forced a woman to change her seat because two Muslims protested that they could not under their religion sit next to Mary Campos as she was not accompanied by her husband or male relative (fortunately United Airlines is trying to obtain more departures in Orange County and the Board of Supervisors should tell it to pound sand as long as it practices such a blatant discriminatory policy); on the nature front over a million people in the path of Hurricane Matthew have received evacuation orders which should be slamming the U.S. by Friday and the high concern on the earthquake activity on the San Andreas Fault seems to have subsided.
         As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to is a great way to start your day along of course with and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
         As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Darin,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Donald D. Quinn,  while  looking forward to enjoying some kale (killer recipe below), blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Teachers Day—commemorating since 1994 the contributions of teachers to education of our youth; great profession with low pay but sadly represented by unions that fight tooth and nail charter schools, merit pay and the ability of school districts to fire underperforming teachers and who give vast sums of dollars to the candidates of the Democratic Party.     
2. International Day Of No Prostitution—commemorating since 2002 the plight of prostitutes, sadly the world’s oldest profession still thriving today but often with younger and younger children both male and female.      
3. 1959 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1959 on a run of 9 weeks in that position “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin, who died way too early at 37 after heart surgery. Here is a recording of Bobby Darin performing the song:
4. National Kale Day—celebrating one of the great cancer fighting vegetables on the market; here is a killer recipe involving kale, garlic (always a favorite) and sun dried tomatoes:
5. Here’s To A New Year’s Resolution—celebrating the most common birthday in the calendar and birth on this day in 1902 of entrepreneur Roy Kroc who built McDonalds into the fast food giant is today. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1877 Chief Joseph, after being pursued almost a 1,000 miles by the U.S. Cavalry, surrendered to General Miles.   
b. 1921 in a best of nine World Series between the Giants and the Yankees (won by the Giants 5-3) the World Series was first broadcast on radio.  
c. 1947 President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised address to the nation.       
d. 1970 the Public Broadcasting Service was established. 
e. 1986 the British newspaper The Sunday Times revealed that Israel possessed nuclear weapons which should give countries like Iran some pause when it demands the extinction of the Jewish state.             
Reflections on teachers and why we should appreciate them and make sure our children or grandchildren in their classrooms appreciate them also: “If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job” Donald D. Quinn, noted very quotable teacher  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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